Workshops Mark 10th Anniversary Of Livestock Management Facilities Act
November 10, 2006
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URBANA -- The Certified Livestock Manager Training (CLMT) program will mark the 10th anniversary of the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act with a series of workshops from January through March to help producers comply with the Act and other environmental regulations.

"The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires any livestock facility that has more than 300 animal units to have someone certified in manure-handling procedures," said Ted Funk, University of Illinois agricultural engineer and creator of the CLMT workshops. "Also, that certification has to be renewed every three years. So we want to offer them information that's different from what they heard three years ago."

Some of the new topics at this year's workshops include:

DETAILS OF CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION: "The Department of Agriculture tells us they're finding some construction problems out there during the required inspections," said Funk. "So we're going to show producers how to build floors, feedlots and tank--structures that are a good-quality product and also meet state regulations. It causes a lot of grief if you have to tear something up and do it over, so we want to make sure they get all the basics covered."

VALUE OF MANURE AS FERTILIZER: "Manure is a viable alternative to fertilizer," said Funk, "so we're going to talk about the nutrient value in manure and how to market it to your crop-producing neighbors."

MANURE SAMPLING: "We're working with laboratories to get their advice on manure sampling and what they'd recommend that producers change," said Funk. "We'll also talk about the quality of the samples that are coming in. Are producers doing a good job of getting representative samples and are they sampling enough?"

Funk noted there will also be information about a new website, EZregs, sponsored by the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Extension.

"EZregs puts information about environmental regulations in layman's terms," said Funk. "It says, 'Here's what a regulation means, and here's how it affects you.'"

Randy Fonner, U of I Extension specialist and coordinator of the workshops, explained that to receive manure management certification, producers with more than 300 animal units must attend an approved training session or successfully complete the Illinois Department of Agriculture's written examination. Producers with more than 1,000 animal units must do both--attend an approved training session and complete the written exam.

The CLMT workshops have been approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as meeting the training certification requirement. U of I Extension also has an Internet quiz option that, if successfully passed, substitutes for the requirement of attending a workshop. Contact Fonner at refonner@uiuc.edu or visit www.livestocktraining.com for details.

Each year, several species-specific workshops are offered. This year, there are three for beef/dairy producers and four for swine producers. Fonner emphasized that all of the workshops are open to all producers. For example, dairy producers can come to a swine workshop and still be certified.

"But they need to know that the examples and discussion in a swine workshop will be aimed at swine production," he said. "It allows the instructors to get more specific."

Fonner also encouraged producers of small operations to attend the workshops, whether or not they opt for certification. "We can help them deal with the regulations that are applicable to them," he said.

Fonner noted that attendance at a workshop could benefit a producer applying for EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) funds.

"EQIP applications are put on a point scale," he said, "and your spot on the priority list depends on how many points you have. Attending one of our workshops is worth five points, so even small producers can get a few points that way."

To register for a workshop or purchase a manual or CD, call (800) 345-6087. Prices are listed below and you can pay by phone or mail.

CLMT Manual only: $44 plus $7 shipping = $51

CLMT Manual CD only: $16 plus $4 shipping = $20

CLMT Manual and CD: $57 plus $7 shipping = $64

CLMT Workshop Registration: $20 per person

Workshop walk-ins: $75 per person (includes CLMT manual)

A workshop brochure is available at www.livestocktraining.com. Please register at least three weeks before the workshop so that the manual or CD can be mailed to you ahead of time. If you have questions, contact Fonner at (217) 333-2611 or e-mail him at refonner@uiuc.edu.

WORKSHOP DATES

JANUARY 10, 2007: HARRISBURG Location: Gallatin/Pope/Hardin/Saline County Extension Office, 34 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, Ill. For directions call the Gallatin/Pope/Hardin/Saline County Extension Office at (618) 252-8391. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

JANUARY 22, 2007: MT. CARROLL--Focus on SWINE Location: Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll County Farm Bureau Building., Rt. 64 & Rt. 78, Mt. Carroll, Ill. For directions call the Carroll County Extension Office at (815) 244-9444. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at SWINE producers, but is open to all producers.

(Please notice time change for BEEF/DAIRY workshops.)

JANUARY 23, 2007: FREEPORT--Focus on BEEF/DAIRY Location: Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W Spring St, Freeport, Ill. For directions call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at (815) 232-3186. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 10:00 a.m. Participants arriving after 10:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 2:00 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at BEEF/DAIRY producers, but is open to all producers.

JANUARY 29, 2007: BREESE--Focus on BEEF/DAIRY Location: Clinton County Extension Office, 1163 North 4th St., Breese, Ill. For directions call the Clinton County Extension Office at (618) 526-4551. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 10:00 a.m. Participants arriving after 10:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 2:00 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at BEEF/DAIRY producers, but is open to all producers.

FEBRUARY 2, 2007: GALESBURG--Focus on SWINE Location: Knox County Extension Office, 180 South Soangetaha Rd., Suite 108, Galesburg, Ill. For directions call the Knox County Extension Office at (309) 342-5108. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at SWINE producers, but is open to all producers.

FEBRUARY 9, 2007: NASHVILLE--Focus on SWINE Location: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 330 North Buhrman St., Nashville, Ill. For directions call the Washington County Extension Office at (618) 327-8881. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at SWINE producers, but is open to all producers.

FEBRUARY 16, 2007: EFFINGHAM--Focus on BEEF/DAIRY Location: Effingham County Extension Office, 1209 Wenthe Dr., Effingham, Ill. For directions call the Effingham County Extension Office at (217) 347-5126. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 10:00 a.m. Participants arriving after 10:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 2:00 p.m. This workshop will be aimed at BEEF/DAIRY producers, but is open to all producers.

FEBRUARY 23, 2007: SYCAMORE Location: DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building, 1350 W. Prairie Dr., Sycamore, Ill. For directions call the DeKalb County Extension Office at (815) 758-8194. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

MARCH 9, 2007: SPRINGFIELD Location: Sangamon/Menard County Extension Office, Illinois State Fairgrounds, South Gate, Building 30, Springfield, Ill. For directions call the Sangamon/Menard County Extension Office at (217) 782-4617. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.